After you try this healthy matcha latte made with coconut milk, you won’t need to go back to dairy. I haven’t had a regular matcha latte since I discovered this unlikely combination. For some reason, matcha and coconut milk just go together. You gotta try it!
Matcha Latte with Coconut Milk? That’s weird.
These last few weeks being in quarantine, I’ve been experimenting with new ingredients that boost our immune system.
Somehow, the ideas of “healthy matcha” and “recipes to boost your immune system” merged together in my subconscious mind.
That’s how this new recipe for healthy matcha latte came into fruition.
When it came to matcha, I used to be a purist.
In other words, I was snobbish and stubborn.
Coconut matcha latte was on the menu at The Matcha Tokyo, but I never considered ordering it.
To be honest, I thought what a waste of high quality matcha!
And I was wrong.
Matcha and coconut– who would have guessed that this marriage of flavors was meant to be?
Healthy Matcha Latte – Keto, Vegan, and No Added Sugar
Once I tried my first matcha coconut latte at home, I was hooked.
OMG. This drink was pure indulgence.
With no sugar added whatsoever, it’s hard to believe that this “liquid dessert” is so incredibly good for you.
Imagine if you could drink a cheesecake. It’s like that.
You’d think, there’s no way on Earth this is healthy.
The natural sweetness of matcha paired with the sweetness and creamy, healthy fats in coconut milk make drinking this so satisfying.
Think guilt-free milkshake.
Whether you’re vegan, on a keto diet, or none-of-the-above,
you’ve got to try it.
Where to Buy Matcha Green Tea
The only thing is, you have to get your hands on some decent matcha.
If you spend $30 on high-grade organic matcha, of course it will taste amazing.
To make this recipe, I recommend you use decent quality matcha that isn’t bitter.
It doesn’t have to be expensive, you just have to know which matcha to buy.
If you search for matcha on Amazon Japan, there are a lot of choices. My guess is that the majority of the matcha available online isn’t very good quality.
I’ve tried the organic matcha that’s currently “Amazon’s Choice”. I would recommend getting better quality, better tasting matcha.
This time I don’t think I’m being snobbish, just honest.
Nagata-san, the owner of The Matcha Tokyo, told me that it’s very difficult to make good tasting matcha that’s sweet.
He’s found only two regions in Japan, Kagoshima and Kyoto, that produce good quality, organic matcha that isn’t bitter.
Green tea from Shizuoka is top quality, but their matcha isn’t as sweet.
These are my two current recommendations for organic matcha*:
Suisouen Organic Matcha can be purchased at www.suisouen.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
*Because of new rules, they can accept orders of 5 packages.
Suisouen matcha is now also available on Rakuten.(English and Japanese)
Rakuten prices are slightly more expensive than ordering directly.
The people working at both of these companies are very nice and helpful. They have English-speakers on staff.
*When you’re drinking matcha, you’re consuming the whole leaf. This is the reason I always choose organic matcha.
Is drinking coconut milk good for you?
I’ve known about the health benefits of coconut oil and MCT for a couple of years now.
If you’re interested, you can learn more about the health benefits here.
I was familiar with coconut milk because of all my favorite Thai curries and desserts and sweet and creamy Indian curries. I vaguely remember buying coconut milk to make Massaman or Panang curry years ago. Yum…
But because I live in Japan, cooking with coconut milk hadn’t crossed my mind for years.
I found some cans of coconut milk at Bio C’ Bon Supermarket in my neighborhood in Tokyo.
Which coconut milk should I buy?
Most of the time, I used Cocomi brand organic coconut milk.
On the can, it says the coconuts are handpicked in Sri Lanka. There’s no additives, no added sugar, and the can linings are BPA-free.
That’s what I look for on the label when I’m choosing coconut milk.
When the supermarket was out of Cocomi (mostly my fault), I tried the more expensive, French organic brand, Riz L’Asie, which was even creamier, naturally sweet, and wonderful. Note: this brand does contain guar gum.
On Amazon, these are the two brands of coconut milk that I found:
Coconut milk with about 17%- 20% fat is about right. Shake the can first unless you want to scoop the cream off of the top make yours extra creamy.
I haven’t tried coconut cream with 30% coconut fat. From my experience, my guess is that a higher percentage of fat will make your matcha latte even more satisfying.* Saying this, there’s always too much of a good thing!
I recommend starting with coconut milk with 17% fat. Your latte art won’t be as amazing, but too much cream would make it too heavy. It would be like drinking full-fat whipping cream.
*The fat in coconut is really healthy! Learn more about the health benefits of coconut milk from Dr. Axe here. Also check out Dr. Mark Hyman’s website to learn more about healthy fats. I would also recommend the book Eat Fat, Get Thin by Dr. Hyman.
Matcha and Coconut Milk– The Sweetest Combination
Good matcha tastes sweet without any added sugar. It has a mild bitter aftertaste.
From my years in Japan, I also knew that matcha and cow’s milk was an amazing combination. I’d compare eating real matcha soft serve ice cream in Japan to the first time I ate gelato in Italy.
It’s not as sweet, but it is that good.
What’s so great about a matcha coconut latte is you can enjoy it guilt-free!
A Japanese Level of Sweetness
“No added sugar”.
When you buy a bottle of green tea at a convenience store in Japan, there’s no sweetened vs. unsweetened.
It’s just a given– you don’t add sugar to green tea.
I don’t recommend adding sugar to this coconut latte recipe either.
If you make it and want to spit it out, my guess is that the matcha you used is too bitter.
It should taste naturally sweet and perfectly satisfying as is. You shouldn’t need anything like honey or Stevia.*
If I make a hōjicha coconut latte on the weekend, I do like to add a little bit of honey.
When I drink this matcha coconut latte, I feel like no ingredient is missing.
I experimented a few times with adding small bits of banana and cinnamon. It never felt right.
Simple is best. That’s very Zen.
*Note: I’ve cut sugar out of my diet for the most part. My palette has adjusted to not liking food that’s too sweet.